Q News: How long can a placebo effect last?

Posted by Mellisa on June 7, 2013 in Autism, Mental Health |


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In a study published in 2010 by The Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, children on the Autism Spectrum using the Empowerplus  Q96 formula were shown to improve more than the children on medications or no treatment at all.

The unique micronutrient formulation is proven to reduce self-injurious behavior, tantrums, and aggression. Other advantages to treatment with the formulation over medication included:

  • Less anger and irritability
  • Lower activity level and less weight gain
  • Less social withdrawal and better ability to converse
  • Fewer side effects and adverse events than with other treatments

Symptom improvement was sustained at six months, ruling out the notion that improvement was a possible ‘placebo effect’.


Placebo Effect – any effect that seems to be a consequence of administering a placebo; the change is usually beneficial and is assumed result from the person’s faith in the treatment or preconceptions about what the experimental drug was supposed to do; pharmacologists were the first to talk about placebo effects but now the idea has been generalized to many situations having nothing to do with drugs. (TheFreeDictionary.com)


Autumn Stringam

“As a psychiatric patient, I was convinced that every pill my physician prescribed was exactly what I needed and if I would be consistent, (unlike my mother or grandfather,) I would be made well. Every time the pills stopped working, or I found myself sicker still, I was disappointed.

When my father decided to force me to use his concoction based on the pig feed recipe, I thought he had lost his mind and I fought him. I knew the ‘pig pills’ would only make me worse and my doctor told me that taking them could hurt me and possibly lead to my death. Was I ever shocked when the visions and voices and mood swings quieted and I became rational and calm. It was wholly unexpected, unbelievable to me, and certainly not a placebo effect.

If ever I were to ‘think myself better’ I would have done it years before the ‘pig pills’ saved me. Were it possible, I would have ‘thought myself better’ the first time my doctor prescribed a drug.” Autumn Stringam  author of “A Promise of Hope” (2007)

I had the pleasure of meeting Autumn recently at a micronutrient health conference. What a smart, funny, warm, loving person she is. Obviously the placebo effect is not in effect in her. She has been symptom free for 17 years now.

Please pass the hope on to someone you know or love!


Mellisa McJunkin

Ambassador of Hope

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